Wednesday was Fried’s last setup before the start of the season, when, if healthy, he expects to start Game 1 of the best of three wild card rounds next week at Trust Park. It was Fried’s second outing since returning from a 10-day list of back injuries that cost him a start. Ideally, he would register a higher load on Wednesday by a week until his next outing.
Snicker was optimistic that Fried had avoided a serious injury, but said the team would know more later Wednesday night and Thursday.
“The preliminary preparations are good, but we will know more (later) tonight,”
; he said. “He was walking carefully. We didn’t want to take any chances. … I think he’ll be fine. Tomorrow we will see where it is and we will plan from there. “
The 26-year-old Fried finished his breakthrough season with a 7-0 record, 2.25 ERA with a 50:19 shot-walking ratio for 11 starts (56 passes). The left-hander performed a decimal rotation, providing the only part of the reliability and consistency that Braves received from the group. He will be among the packed field of contenders for the National League Cy Young award.